The Leading Online Tech Festival for Emerging Markets

Startup Basecamp

Global startups will be showcasing their products and services online and will have the opportunity to gather leads and network with potential clients and partners. Selected startups get 2 tickets for the price of 1, a free branded virtual booth, and priority access to participate in Startup activities to meet global investors.

Pitch Competition

Startups are selected from those participating in the Startup Basecamp to participate at Step’s online pitch competition to present their products and services to leading investors and industry experts.

2020 Pitch Competition Participating Startups

2020 Pitch Competition Judges

Derek
Watson

N2 Technology

Derek
Watson

N2 Technology

Derek is the CEO and Co-Founder of N2 Technology, a market-network which enables early-stage companies raising capital to instantly pitch and connect digitally with relevant investors sourcing deal-flow. He previously founded Wake2o, a Private Markets advisory platform and Wake Asset Management, a USD500mn hedge fund based in Geneva, Switzerland. Before setting up Wake AM, Derek was a Senior Portfolio Manager for the Decillion CB Arb. Fund, where he joined having spent 9 years with Salomon Brothers in the Japanese proprietary arbitrage group.

Serene
Shalan

ADIO

Serene
Shalan

ADIO

Serene Shalan is in the Investment Promotion team at the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO). She oversees programmes to increase Abu Dhabi’s attractiveness as an investment destination. Serene brings with her a wealth of experience in developing and managing strategic projects with entrepreneurs and startups across the Middle East. She was previously an Entrepreneurship Development Expert with the World Bank Group and a consultant to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce on the Dubai Startup Hub and the Dubai Smartpreneur Competition. She is also a founding team member of Oasis500, a pioneering seed investment company and technology accelerator. Serene holds an MBA from the London Business School, a postgraduate certificate in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Organisational Communication from Pepperdine University

Nader
Museitif

Hub71

Nader
Museitif

Hub71

As Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Hub71, Nader Museitif focuses on building strong alliances with tech enablers across different sectors to enrich Hub71’s global ecosystem for startups. Nader’s experience spans across multiple regions - Europe, Middle East and Africa, leading strategic growth activities for companies including Uber and Aramex. In his most recent role as the Middle East General Manager for the award-winning UK-based startup Hostmaker, Nader led the expansion efforts of the business and operations in the region.

2020 Pitch Competition Finalists

Mentor’s Corner

Participating startups and entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to sign up for online 1-on-1 sessions with successful startup founders and industry experts.

2020 Participating Mentors

Omar
alsharif

Wamda

Omar
alsharif

Wamda

Director – Partner Programmes - Wamda Omar leads business development and programmes as the director of partner programmes at Wamda, a leading VC and entrepreneurship ecosystem building firm in MENAT. He started his career by launching Queen Rania Entrepreneurship Centre where he supported the development of the MENA region’s first startup competition. Since then Omar worked with a number of technology and investment companies including being part of the founding team of Oasis500 in Jordan where he headed marketing and strategy, and as a Director of Business Marketing and Innovation at Etisalat in UAE. Omar’s areas of interest include digital transformation, digital content, marketing and communications.

Aya
Sadder

Techstars Startup Weekend

Aya
Sadder

Techstars Startup Weekend

Aya Sadder has helped bring companies to life across a range of industries, countries and ecosystems. A graduate of Boston’s prestigious Babson College and part of the Babson Middle Eastern Alumni Club in Dubai, she has been integral in shaping startup communities and conversations in the UAE, USA and Saudi Arabia. A TEDx speaker and incubator extraordinaire, Aya is a proud mentor for women in the STEM space and passionate about accelerating innovation culture around the world.

Aiman
Kabli

eleva8or.com

Aiman
Kabli

eleva8or.com

Aiman holds an an MBA, and currently pursuing an Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate with Stanford University. Originally from Saudi Arabia, Aiman has worked with large multinational organizations such as Unilever, the International Monetary Fund, and Emirates Airline. Currently he is a serial entrepreneur, investor and digital nomad, with a diverse portfolio of tech companies around the world. He also mentors and advises startups and conducts seminars and workshops on many topics, included the special soft skills that help entrepreneurs to succeed.

Mona
Tavassoli

Mompreneurs Worldwide

Mona
Tavassoli

Mompreneurs Worldwide

Mona is the CEO and founder of Mompreneurs Worldwide, a global platform founded on the vision that Empowered Mothers Raise Empowered Leaders, and therefore champions women’s empowerment through entrepreneurial education and mompreneurship to help members to find harmony and success in their personal and professional lives. Mona is an award winning serial entrepreneur who strives to educate women to raise thriving families and build successful businesses through education and self-mastery. She is the host of You Can Have it All podcast.

Neha
Agrawal

MensenTock Communications

Neha
Agrawal

MensenTock Communications

Neha Agrawal carries a professional industry experience of more than 17 years. After a brief foray into the world of online and electronic journalism she was heading South Asia Information and Communication for international organisations. With exceptional marketing and communication skills Neha has been advising and consulting companies across verticals and celebrities (Cinema, Politics and Corporates) in improving their Media Visibility, Market Presence, Brand Positioning, Public Relations, Online Reputation, Public Perception, Personality and overall Communications. Her strengths in conducting sector specific trainings in issues related to gender sensitisation, communications and entrepreneurship are phenomenal. As an inspirational speaker she has been conducting trainings in schools, colleges and corporate houses thence bringing a transformational change in the audience. Neha is presently empanelled with DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) as a corporate trainer. She is a visiting faculty to educational institutes in Delhi/ NCR and a Mentor with the GOAL programme of Facebook developing life skills of women from Jharkhand and helping them establish social enterprise. She is also mentor with the DTU programme of NASSCOM mentoring startups in tech space.

Zain
Moosa

Magnus Technologies

Zain
Moosa

Magnus Technologies

A graduate from the Staffordshire University in the UK has been based in the UAE for over 13 years. He is the Co-founder of Magnus Technologies in Dubai and serves as the Head of Global Business Development for multiple companies under and associated with the Magnus Group. With over a decade of experience in the Middle East region, Zain has mastered the art to make the East meet the West.

Aman
Merchant

Radicle

Aman
Merchant

Radicle

A mission-driven serial parallel entrepreneur, Aman is the Co-Founder and Chief Provocateur at Radicle, passionate about transforming industries, cities and lives through ideating and launching ambitious new platforms. Along with being the Chief Optimizer at Epiq360 (wellness/longevity/peak performance), he previously curated Abundance 360 Dubai (a CEO Summit with Singularity University) and co-founded & led Impact Hub Dubai. Aman holds a 1st Class Masters Degree (Hons) from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy & Economics, and is also a Stanford GSB & LSE alum. Currently, he's on the board for YPO's Technology, Global Family Business & Digital Marketing Media networks as the MENA regional champion. Previously, he was a board member of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals at the World Economic Forum.

Neena
Punnen

500 Startups MENA

Neena
Punnen

500 Startups MENA

Neena is the Public Relations & Communications Manager, at 500 Startups, the most active Venture Capital firm in the world, based in Silicon Valley. As a Communications professional with more than 20 years of diverse experience she manages the external communications for 500 Startups MENA and assists the portfolio companies under its management in matters related to PR. Prior to joining 500 Startups MENA, she was an Account Manager/Senior Consultant at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, the leading international Public Relations Agency in the world. Her client portfolio included leading international brands, quasi government, and private sector organisations. She has contributed towards effective communications with multiple internal and external stakeholders through effective Marcomms, strategic brand management, training and PR campaigns. She was engaged in community, government and media relations; corporate communications; events and communications planning; and issues and crisis management. She is a poised and competent team builder and leader who succeeds in a fast-paced corporate environment. Neena holds a Masters in Banking and Taxing from Bangalore University. She is also a qualified Post Graduate Diploma holder in Finance Management with a first rank, from St Joseph’s College of Business and Administration. Neena is the Public Relations & Communications Manager, at 500 Startups, the most active Venture Capital firm in the world, based in Silicon Valley. As a Communications professional with more than 20 years of diverse experience she manages the external communications for 500 Startups MENA and assists the portfolio companies under its management in matters related to PR. Prior to joining 500 Startups MENA, she was an Account Manager/Senior Consultant at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, the leading international Public Relations Agency in the world. Her client portfolio included leading international brands, quasi government, and private sector organisations. She has contributed towards effective communications with multiple internal and external stakeholders through effective Marcomms, strategic brand management, training and PR campaigns. She was engaged in community, government and media relations; corporate communications; events and communications planning; and issues and crisis management. She is a poised and competent team builder and leader who succeeds in a fast-paced corporate environment. Neena holds a Masters in Banking and Taxing from Bangalore University. She is also a qualified Post Graduate Diploma holder in Finance Management with a first rank, from St Joseph’s College of Business and Administration.

Abe
Seksek

Startupbootcamp

Abe
Seksek

Startupbootcamp

Ibrahim Abe Seksek is the current COO of MENA and Russia of Startupbootcamp, a Rainmaking company.Before joining Startupbootcamp he Co-Founded a couple of companies such as ZenHR Solutions, which addresses the entire HR cycle, and Crystel, Jordan's first business process outsourcing (BPO) provider. Ibrahim also worked as Head of Global Operations Support for Naspers, the parent company of dubizzle and OLX, which oversaw the operations in 70 countries.

Mohamad
Sabouneh

Startupbootcamp

Mohamad
Sabouneh

Startupbootcamp

Mohamad has digital and tech startups experience from the investor, founder, and accelerator sides. His experience ranges from initial concept validation, business model design, fundraising, financial modeling, and strategy.

Roberto
Croci

Microsoft

Roberto
Croci

Microsoft

Roberto Croci joined Microsoft for Startups team with a wide range of knowledge, having previously worked as the Google Regional head for (EMEA) Emerging Markets (Middle East, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Africa) where he helped businesses by building & mentoring teams that could successfully penetrate new markets and ensure sustainable revenue growth. As a natural born leader, he is passionate about business, people and their growth and has more than 15 years’ experience in various industries - ranging from digital marketing, ad-tech to sales. He will be integral as the Regional Managing director at Microsoft for startups Middle East, in helping startups achieve their goals and build successful businesses by promoting their tech solutions through digital and social campaigns, opening up the right opportunities for growth, customizing a market plan to maximize joint marketing with Microsoft and providing a targeted industry co-marketing and account planning. He has specialized in leadership development as a Harvard Business School graduate and has a proven track-record of creating successful teams and growing businesses in unpredictable environments. He is passionate about Entrepreneurship and is one of the Partners at Strowlers Ventures, a micro VC-fund which invests in international startups mainly founded by top-tier MBAs.

Lia
Wadih

SE Factory

Lia
Wadih

SE Factory

Lia Wadih, Head of Product Business Development at SE Factory (SEF), primarily focuses on driving SEF’s mission to help talented youth access training and good jobs while helping companies hire more efficiently. Lia leads on the outreach strategy and tech recruitment of SE Factory mainly by building partnerships with companies in Lebanon, MENA, Europe, and beyond; while ensuring to collect tech industry thoughts and experience to feed into SEF curriculum improvement. With overall accountability for SE Factory’s clients and financial sustainability, Lia works on driving profitability, quality, and growth to SEF’s programs by identifying and nurturing a portfolio of key organizational relationships and leading on new products’ development to leverage existing resources and offerings. This includes successively rolling out new revenue streams such as company hiring fees, SEF graduate payments, and most recently SEF’s Managed Services model for international companies; in addition to launching SEF’s paid eTutoring services and online classes for both youth and professionals, locally and abroad. Lia’s experience has been accrued in different multinational initiatives in the entrepreneurship sector such as Elevate Impact Accelerator (funded by UNICEF), Seedstars, and several startups, handling partnerships and strategic alliances, product development, events management, content creation, M&E, and process mapping and improvement. Lia holds a BEng in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Business from the Lebanese American University.

Elena
Ourdan

Womenpreneur Initiative

Elena
Ourdan

Womenpreneur Initiative

Elena Ourdan is a Master student at Sciences Po Paris’s School of International Affairs. She studies International Security specializing in Human Rights and European Studies. Some of her interests include post-conflict transition, humanitarian law, empowerment of women in the Balkans, and educational projects aiming at breaking nationalism in the Balkans. A half-Bosnian, half-French, Elena also speaks English and a little bit of Spanish and German. She has a background in project management, as well as communications and public relations. Currently a Project Manager at Womenpreneur Initative, Elena hopes to be able to implement skills she develops there in Bosnia and Herzegovina and work towards development projects and education in the country.

Tamara
Muñoz

Womenpreneur Initiative

Tamara
Muñoz

Womenpreneur Initiative

Fervent human rights advocate, language enthusiast and avid globetrotter in my free time. Having lived in different countries across Europe and worked in online marketing and market research in the start-up world for several years, at the moment I am focusing on social impact organizations.

Valentina
Nocera

Womenpreneur Initiative

Valentina
Nocera

Womenpreneur Initiative

Recently graduated in International Politics and European Studies. I have studied and lived in 3 different European countries; Italy, UK and Germany. I’ve worked in a cooperative for asylum seekers and I’ve been UNICEF volunteer for one year. Currently employed as project manager at Womenpreneur-initiative. Dynamic, hardworking and eager to learn, interested in politics and human rights.

Edwin
Kooistra

CHASM

Edwin
Kooistra

CHASM

Technology can be a huge differentiator but leveraging emerging technologies can be challenging. After my degree in Business Information Technology I decided to work on the provider side of Technology, because I believe Technology providers play an important role in guiding enterprises on their digital journey. I joined an early-stage Ymor in 2007, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Ymor was one of the first to fully specialize in user happiness or Digital Experience as we would call it now. In different roles my focus was always on growth: developing new services, entering new industries, finding new (technology) partnerships, or entering new geographical markets. After Ymor I moved to Dubai work for Gartner. In my three years with Gartner I provided start-up, mid-size and large enterprise Tech CEOs in the Middle East the advice, insights, and tools needed to accelerate the growth of their business.

Sebastian
Diaz

The Yield Lab

Sebastian
Diaz

The Yield Lab

I contribute to innovation through my roles as mentor, advisor, consultant and director of startups, VCs and governments, thanks to my experience in marketing & communications, growth and ecosystems/accelerators strategies. Also, I promote entrepreneurship and as a Professor at the Finis Terrae University. Previously, I was CEO of Start-Up Chile, the largest and most diverse startup accelerator in the globe, where I worked with more than 1,000 tech-based startups and founders from many industries and countries. Thanks to the networks we build, we managed to consolidate the program as one of the best public policies in the region. Also, I was the founder of Afterbang Chile, a ski clothing company and Domadores TV, a broadcasting platform for journalism students.

Dania
Ismail

Jusoor

Dania
Ismail

Jusoor

Dania Ismail is the Co-founder of Jusoor, an NGO created to harness the potential of Syria’s youth through Education, Career Development, Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement. She is the Founder and Director of the Jusoor Entrepreneurship Program. Dania is currently the Director of Strategy at Telfaz11, one of the most influential and creative content studios in the region. Previously, she also served as Strategy and Business Development Manager for nine years with MBC Group, the largest Broadcast/Media company in the Middle East, where she launched MBC Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund for MBC Group and managed the fund’s investments and portfolio companies. Dania also founded Third Eye Agency, a music events production and consulting agency based in Dubai. She holds an M.A. in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College in London.

Hussain
Almarhoon

HR Vision

Hussain
Almarhoon

HR Vision

Expertise in implementing HR systems and policies, conducting training programs for enhancing employee productivity and building committed teams, managing admin functions, steering teams across locations, and handling public/government relations.

Sama
Alshawi

500 Startups

Sama
Alshawi

500 Startups

Sama Alshawi is the Events and Community Manager at 500 Startups, the most active Venture Capital firm in the world. Sama has an MSc in Events Management and a BSc in Banking and Finance and is also a Certified Digital Marketing Professional. With more than 10 years of experience in the Events Management, Sama manages the community and events for the Falcons Team.

Mohamed
Amine

Business Innovation Mine (BIM)

Mohamed
Amine

Business Innovation Mine (BIM)

A certified public accountant with 10+ years experience in audit, finance, management consulting and strategy with startups and corporations of all sizes from various industries.

Stefania
Brunori

Stefania Brunori-Building Memorable Brands

Stefania
Brunori

Stefania Brunori-Building Memorable Brands

Stefania Brunori is a Brand Strategist and Marketing Specialist with over 15 years international experience in managerial positions. Having worked in Europe and the Middle East, her core areas of expertise are Brand Strategy, Digital Marketing & Branding , developing solid strategies and marketing campaigns to facilitate companies expand beyond their limits. Originally from Europe, she has been working in the UAE for 10 years, both for multinational companies such as Teka and Nokia and Middle East SME corporations with regional reach. Her entrepreneurial career started in 2015, when she launched the online portal www.yoginfinity.com , the Middle East's most complete website for Yoga & Meditation. She’s been coaching entrepreneurs since then to support Start-Ups and SMEs growth, and providing Digital Marketing & Personal Branding workshops too.

Ayman
Itani

TML-Think Media Labs

Ayman
Itani

TML-Think Media Labs

Ayman Itani is a business growth specialist, advisor, and public speaker, dedicated to helping founders, investors, government entities, and enterprises meet their growth objectives.

Rime
Diab

Limelines

Rime
Diab

Limelines

Rime is the CEO of Limelines. She has over 18 years experience in management, strategy and delivery of digital platforms around the globe. Following her Bachelor of Science in Economics from Notre Dame University in Lebanon, Rime moved to Chicago, USA and earned dual master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and MSc. in Information Systems (MSIS) with honors from Roosevelt University. Rime’s global and high academic achievements helped her succeed in several positions that she held in Chicago from Financial Analyst at Tribune Media to eCommerce Strategy Consultant at Whittman-Hart Consulting to a Senior Business Analyst, Global Technology Liaison and Program Manager of several global applications at J.P. Morgan worldwide bank. She later relocated to the MENA region and joined Thomson Reuters as a Digital Program Manager overlooking the development of several online platforms and mobile apps. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Diab spent 12 years at J. P. Morgan in USA with increasing responsibilities, leading to her role as Vice President - Program Manager of Global Client Care applications. During her Program Management role, in addition to successfully delivering around multiple tech releases per year, she was tasked to be the link to global clients during international software rollouts and traveled to the EMEA and APAC regions to be the mentor and advisor during deployment. Before J. P. Morgan, Diab held several consultant positions in the area of online strategy consulting where she executed research on best practice strategies and advised clients on how to best develop their online presence including software selections processes and delivery options. During her tenure, Rime has repeatedly received an exceeds performance rating due to high quality tech delivery process development and execution, excellent client relationship and communication, and building high performance teams.

Abdullah
Sahyoun

#فطور_فارس

Abdullah
Sahyoun

#فطور_فارس

EMBA Student More than 8 years Experience in Marketing and Business Development. Interested in Digitalization, Technology, AI and E-commerce

Shaheen
Alkhudhari

Ajar

Shaheen
Alkhudhari

Ajar

Shaheen AlKhudhari is the Founder & CEO of Ajar. Shaheen holds a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Starting his career as an accountant, Shaheen now has over 10 years of experience working in a variety of fields including logistics, real estate, finance, and IT. In 2016, Shaheen founded Ajar to solve a personal frustration that he faced while paying rent through traditional means. Since then, he has grown Ajar to be the leading property management and rent collection solution in the Middle East.

Investor Meetings

Participating startups and entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to sign up for online 1-on-1 sessions with leading investors from the region from pre-seed to early and growth stage investors.

2020 Participating Investors

Antonio

Techstars

Antonio

Techstars

Antonio is the Program Manager of the Techstars Smart Mobility Accelerator in Turin, Italy. Prior to this position, he has been supporting Techstars-backed startups with their business development and growth. Before joining Techstars, Antonio has been working as a management consultant in the innovative field of gene therapies at LifeSciences Consultants and in the private equity team at Bain & Company. Previously, he studied finance (BSc) and management (MSc, MBA) across three continents – Italy, Bocconi University; US, University of Michigan; India, IIMA.

Vijay
Tirathrai

Techstars

Vijay
Tirathrai

Techstars

Vijay is an investor, entrepreneur and a global networker. Presently he is the Managing Director at Techstars Hub71, a sector agnostic accelerator based in Abu Dhabi. Formerly, he was the Global CEO and Chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) based in Washington D.C.; where he led the growth of 20,000+ leading global entrepreneurs represented in 165 cities. As an entrepreneur he has founded several companies, namely in production of cycling helmets, events production, association management and venture capital. Early in his career he served as CEO roles namely at a leading fashion retailer and large scale clothing manufacturing across SE Asia. He has served in numerous leadership, board and trustee roles; as in the Young President Organization, Young Entrepreneurs Organization, the 16th Commonwealth Games and Richmond University, London and the Retailers Association. In addition to over 30 portfolio companies, Vijay actively mentors founder-CEOs and serves on boards of several companies.

Alicia
Sornson

Village Capial

Alicia
Sornson

Village Capial

As the Manager for Programs and Partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Alicia develops strategy and programs that find, train and support entrepreneurs solving problems in the region. Prior to joining Village Capital, Alicia worked with Ashoka in Istanbul, Turkey, where she resided for many years, as well as other non-profit organizations in Washington DC. She is especially passionate about the ability for businesses to foster positive social change, mitigate violence and protect the environment. Alicia holds a MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Sabanci University and a BA in International Studies from Susquehanna University.

Issa
Aghabi

IFC

Issa
Aghabi

IFC

Issa has been in the finance and investments industry for 15+ years with a focus on Venture Capital. He has executed 50+ direct and indirect investment deals (from $100K to $25M per transaction), managed over $150m in MENA Venture funds. In 2015, he led the exit of twofour54's largest three investments, and more recently in , led the exit souq.com and Vezeeta for IFC. He also led on the creation and launch of a leading accelerator in the MENA region. He currently heads IFC Middle East, North Africa, Parisian and Europe's venture investments both from a Direct and Indirect (accelerators and fund of fund) perspective.

Hana
Besbes

Mindshift Capital

Hana
Besbes

Mindshift Capital

Investor, mentor and advisor for tech startups, actively involved in shaping the startup ecosystem in MENA, in her capacity as Venture Partner with Mindshift Capital investing in women-led tech startups in EdTech, FinTech, FoodTech and HealthTech, Investment Committee member with Dubai Angel Investors (DAI), and previously member of the Investment Team of Women Angel Investor Network (WAIN). Hana invested in 30+ startups (directly and syndicated). As a former top-tier strategy consultant who brought a bankrupt company back on the road to success, Hana knows how to build winning strategies and business models, and shape young startups into real companies.

Maria
Flores

VentureSouq

Maria
Flores

VentureSouq

Lola is an Investment Analyst at VentureSouq, a Dubai-based investment platform focused on global early-stage startups.

Hussein
Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein
Attar

Tech Invest Com

Hussein Attar is the investment manager at Tech Invest Com, a 1Bn SAR Saudi investment firm that invests in tech startups. He co-founded Sawerly, one of the top 50 Arab startups by Forbes. He is also in the opportunity committee at Oqal Angel investment group .

Dani
Al

Dubai angel investor

Dani
Al

Dubai angel investor

Dani Al founded Imovation in 2003, an independent ICT startup which currently helps Telecom and Retail conglomerates in the Middle East carry out their multi-million dollar mobile strategies. This experience led him to a decade long career in payment and transaction solutions, including creating Looping a mobile application platform catering to the SME market as well as being an investor, director, patent co-author and board member of Margento one of the pioneers in mobile proximity research and development.

Jazeer
Jamal

Grow Valley Inc.

Jazeer
Jamal

Grow Valley Inc.

JazeerJamal is the founder & CEO of GrowValley. He is a passionate entrepreneur building startups with a vision for a better tomorrow. He has been a tech entrepreneur for almost two decades with his humble beginning as a power seller on Ebay. He has founded & invested over 70+ companies in the last decade.

Mostafa
Salem

The Cairo Angels

Mostafa
Salem

The Cairo Angels

Mostafa is an Investment Associate at Cairo Angels. He is responsible for screening, analyzing, and providing feedback to developing companies. Mostafa is mainly focused on conducting diligence on tech-based companies, and is personally interested in the fields of fintech, healthtech, and renewable energy.

Lewa
Abukhait

DAAL

Lewa
Abukhait

DAAL

Chief Investment Officer at DAAL; venture capital fund in Saudi Arabia responsible for identifying promising startups and evaluating the investment opportunity within. Lewa also Provides mentorship and business development insights for portfolio companies to guide and nurture their growth on the international stage. Working previously in prominent companies within MENA region such as Orange Jordan, MBC Group and BlackBerry enabled Lewa to acquire solid understanding in realizing the scalability in technology solutions and sustainability in business models.

Basil
Moftah

Global Ventures

Basil
Moftah

Global Ventures

Basil Moftah General Partner • Ex-President, Intellectual Property & Science at Thomson Reuters • Founding member of Reuters Venture Capital, the $400M corporate venture arm • Managing Director of Emerging Markets at Reuters Financial including China, India, Africa, and Latin America • Active angel investor • Led the acquisition of Zawya in Middle East, where he scaled the company EBITDA significantly • Exited a $1B revenue division of Thomson Reuters to a private equity firm in 2016 for $3.55B • Extensive business growth experience in Europe, Emerging Markets and US • Advisory Board member at REACH • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from American University in Cairo • MBA from Harvard Business School (HBS)

Kholoud
Almohammadi

Impact46

Kholoud
Almohammadi

Impact46

Community Chief at Impact46, driving the fund’s vision of proactive investing through building a network of partnership and outreach channels supporting startups in the region. Prior experience includes advising startup on pitching and investor-relations along with working with the lead Angel Investor Network in Saudi Arabia playing a major role in opportunities selection. Usually invests in startups targeting the Saudi market and are pre revenue generating stage.

Christos
Mastoras

Iliad Partners

Christos
Mastoras

Iliad Partners

Christos is the Founder and Managing Partner of Iliad Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage tech startups in MENA. He is an investor and former entrepreneur and operating executive with 20+ years of experience in tech in the US, Europe and MENA. Based in Dubai for the last 12 years, he was previously the Director of Business Development of Yahoo Maktoob and a management consultant with Booz & Company. Christos was previously an angel investor and earlier an entrepreneur as a founder and/or a senior executive at startups including Glambox, Upstream and govWorks. He serves on a number startup Boards and was a founding member of the Board of Advisors of MAGNiTT. He is a mentor with Endeavor, MITEF and Techstars. Christos holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University.

Himag
Vaidya

Shorooq Partners

Himag
Vaidya

Shorooq Partners

As an Investment Professional with Shorooq, Himag can put his passion for technology market trends and entrepreneurship into play on a daily basis. He received his Dual Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Finance Track) and Music Practice from NYU Abu Dhabi, after which he has worked with a startup and a law firm in New York, as well as top consulting firms in the UAE and in India, while contributing to research projects with the European Union. Himag has a strong interest for social impact and moving forward he hopes to serve the entrepreneurial aspirations of the low-income immigrant population in the region. When he’s not analyzing a new market, Himag enjoys writing poetry and composing music.

Saleh
Abbas

Flat6Labs Bahrain

Saleh
Abbas

Flat6Labs Bahrain

Saleh runs the Flat6Labs international accelerator program based in Bahrain, he has scouted and mentored startups from different ecosystems across the globe over the past three years and is a Stanford VCU alumni.. Previously he has launched and managed large scale projects for leading corporations in the logistics, commercial real estate and telecom verticals.